ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—Ten public and private schools in Maryland were named 2012-13 National Blue Ribbon Schools on Friday.

The 10 are among just 269 in the nation to receive this prestigious distinction for students achieving at very high levels or making significant improvements in levels of achievements.

Woodholme Elementary School in Owings Mills is one of six Maryland public schools name this school year.

“In just seven years since Woodholme Elementary School opened, its students and staff have earned a truly impressive array of recognitions and accomplishments,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance.

Principal Clark has led the school since it opened in 2005.

“Staff members, parents and community partners take pride in preparing our Woodholme students to be college–ready and career–ready. We are thrilled to be celebrating together as Team Woodholme,” Clark said.

Ring Factory Elementary in Harford County also made this year’s list.

“It is the extraordinary efforts of the students, teachers, parents, administrators and community that allow Ring Factory Elementary School to receive national recognition for its high levels of achievement,” said Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Robert M. Tomback. “Ring Factory Elementary continues to meet and exceed the educational needs of all students and serves as an outstanding example of public education at its best.”

“We are extremely proud of our students for this accomplishment and equally as proud of our staff for their dedication to the success of our school,” said Earl Gaskins, principal of Ring Factory Elementary School. “Today will be a day to remember for our school and community.”

Ring Factor and Woodholme elementary schools join eight other Maryland schools nominated for this honor: Crofton Meadows Elementary School, Father Andrew White S.J. School, Notre Dame Preparatory School, Pocomoke Elementary School, Rachel Carson Elementary School, St. Augustine School, Saint Peter’s School and Whitehall Elementary School.

The schools will be honored at a ceremony November 12-13 in Washington, D.C. where each school receives a plaque and flag signifying their National Blue Ribbon status.


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